Best Restaurants in Williamsburg

October 25, 2016
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by Zagat Staff

From hip Mediterranean digs to historic steakhouses, these Williamsburg restaurants earned the top ratings in the neighborhood.

Peter Luger Steak House
Steakhouse · Williamsburg · $$$$
Food 4.8 · Decor 3.7 · Service 4.2

“Still the one and only” , this circa-1887 Williamsburg “monument to meat” sets the bar with its “buttery” house-aged beef ( “they define porterhouse” ) served by “cantankerous” career waiters in a “busy” “old-time” German beer hall setting; the “rough-and-tumble” style “only adds to the charm” , but prices are “stiff” and they don’t take plastic, so come with “a lot of cash.”
Meadowsweet
New American · Williamsburg · $$$
Food 4.7 · Decor 4.5 · Service 4.6

The flavors are “on point” at this Williamsburg “standout” from former Dressler chef Polo Dobkin whose “ever-changing” New American menu highlights his “ingenuity” ; the “bright, airy” space has a “hip” , “laid-back” vibe, and the “attentive” staff is another big plus.
Antica Pesa
Italian · Williamsburg · $$
Food 4.6 · Decor 4.4 · Service 4.4

It might be “fancy for the ’burg” , but this “suave” Williamsburg sibling to a Rome original has built a following for its “delicious” Italian classics (including “exquisite” housemade pastas) and “serious” wine list, presented by a “charming” staff; there’s also a “lively” fireplace-furnished lounge within its “sleek” , “lovely” dome-lit space.
Lilia
Italian · Williamsburg · $$$
Food 4.6 · Decor 4.4 · Service 4.4

Missy Robbins’ “mind-blowing” housemade pastas and wood-fired entrees are declared “exactly what Italian food should be” at this “outstanding” arrival to the Williamsburg dining scene; the “spare-but-warm” space – complete with “lovely open kitchen” , “sweeping bar” and plenty of “buzz” – is overseen by an “excellent” staff, so the only real problem is “getting a reservation.”
Traif
American · Williamsburg · $$
Food 4.6 · Decor 3.8 · Service 4.1

Given its name (which roughly translates as ‘non-kosher’), look for “lots of pork and shellfish” on the “innovative” Eclectic menu of this “intimate” Williamsburg “winner” , featuring a small plates–centric format geared toward “sharing” ; regulars say “splurging on the tasting menu” is the way to go.
Zenkichi
Japanese · Williamsburg · $$$
Food 4.6 · Decor 4.5 · Service 4.4

“Zen is the appropriate word” for this “special” Williamsburg Japanese featuring “peaceful” private cubicles where “mindful” staffers can be summoned with the “press of a button” ; adding to the “romantic” mood is an “excellent” , izakaya-style small-plates menu paired with “top-notch” sakes.
Maison Premiere
Oyster Bar · Williamsburg · $$
Food 4.5 · Decor 4.6 · Service 4.3

It “really feels like the Big Easy” at this “gorgeous” Williamsburg hang offering “beautiful, plump” oysters and “serious” cocktails (including “creative” absinthe options) alongside other “delicious” seafood-focused dishes in “old New Orleans” digs; snagging a seat is “tough” , but a seasonal garden helps.